SB Nation - Philadelphia Eagles Stories From Around SB Nation About Philadelphia Eagles 2014 NFL mock draft: Eagles select Odell Beckham Jr. Sean Yuille Thu, 17 Apr 2014 18:00:02 -0400 <img alt="" src="" /> <p>The Philadelphia Eagles take Odell Beckham Jr. with the 22nd pick of the 2014 POD Community Mock Draft.</p> <p>With the 22nd pick in Pride Of Detroit's 2014 <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="">NFL mock draft</a>, the <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="">Philadelphia Eagles</a> select LSU wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. <a href="" target="_blank">N4ry4</a> is serving as the Eagles' general manager, and his reasoning for the pick is below.</p> <p>The Eagles may have re-signed <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="">Riley Cooper</a>, as well as <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="">Jeremy Maclin</a> (who was out all of last year), but parting with <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="">DeSean Jackson</a> creates a huge hole in this offense. This team needs a playmaker who can threaten defenses deep. Odell Beckham Jr. offers that and more.</p> <p id="yui_3_13_0_1_1397518498498_3642">Beckham was an electric playmaker for LSU. His combination of speed and quickness, as well as his ability to get separation and make contested catches, will pay big dividends for Philadelphia going forward. He has great hands and runs good routes as well.</p> <p id="yui_3_13_0_1_1397518498498_3644">This was not an easy decision. I also strongly considered linebacker C.J. Mosley and cornerback Kyle Fuller. But, given the fact that this is a passing league and my own very high opinion of Beckham Jr. as a prospect, I think the LSU wideout offers the best value to Philly at this point in the draft.</p> <p class="pgh-paragraph" id="paragraph5">--</p> <p class="pgh-paragraph" id="paragraph6">Check out the <a target="_blank" href="">2014 POD Community Mock Draft tracker</a> for a look at all of the picks.</p> <fieldset class="poll-box"> <legend>Poll</legend> <h5 class="poll-title">Do you approve of this pick?</h5> <div id="poll_container_229659_427006470"> <form action="/polls/vote/229659?container_id=poll_container_229659_427006470" method="post" onsubmit="new Ajax.Request('/polls/vote/229659?container_id=poll_container_229659_427006470', {asynchronous:true, evalScripts:true, parameters:Form.serialize(this)}); return false;"><div style="margin:0;padding:0;display:inline"><input name="authenticity_token" type="hidden" /></div><ul class="poll-list clearfix"> <li class="clearfix"><span class="radio"><input id="poll_option_1023467" name="poll_option" type="radio" value="1023467" /></span> <label for="poll_option_1023467"><span class="option">Yes</span></label></li> <li class="clearfix"><span class="radio"><input id="poll_option_1023469" name="poll_option" type="radio" value="1023469" /></span> <label for="poll_option_1023469"><span class="option">No</span></label></li> </ul> <p class="poll-vote-submit"><input class="button" name="commit" type="submit" value="Vote!" /> <span> &nbsp; <span>8 votes |</span> <a href="#" onclick="new Ajax.Request('/polls/results/229659?container_id=poll_container_229659_427006470', {asynchronous:true, evalScripts:true, parameters:'authenticity_token=' + encodeURIComponent('')}); return false;">Results</a></span></p> </form></div> </fieldset> Eagles 2014 Preseason Times and Dates Announced Brandon Lee Gowton Thu, 17 Apr 2014 16:54:53 -0400 <img alt="" src="" /> <p>Who's ready for some preseason football?</p> <p>The official dates and times for the <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="">Eagles</a>' 2014 preseason schedule have <a target="_blank" href="">officially been announced</a>. Here's how the schedule looks:</p> <table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" border="1" width="60%"><tbody> <tr bgcolor="#EDF1F3"> <th align="center">Eagles 2014 Preseason Schedule</th> <th align="center"></th> <th align="center"></th> <th align="center"></th> <th align="center"></th> </tr> <tr onmouseover="this.bgColor='#C7D9EC'" onmouseout="this.bgColor='#FFFFFF'" bgcolor="#FFFFFF"> <td align="center">Game</td> <td align="center">1</td> <td align="center">2</td> <td align="center">3</td> <td align="center">4</td> </tr> <tr onmouseover="this.bgColor='#C7D9EC'" onmouseout="this.bgColor='#FFFFFF'" bgcolor="#FFFFFF"> <td align="center">Opponent</td> <td align="center"><a class="sbn-auto-link" href="">Bears</a></td> <td align="center"><a class="sbn-auto-link" href="">Patriots</a></td> <td align="center"><a class="sbn-auto-link" href="">Steelers</a></td> <td align="center"><a class="sbn-auto-link" href="">Jets</a></td> </tr> <tr onmouseover="this.bgColor='#C7D9EC'" onmouseout="this.bgColor='#FFFFFF'" bgcolor="#FFFFFF"> <td align="center">Date</td> <td align="center">August 8</td> <td align="center">August 15</td> <td align="center">August 21</td> <td align="center">August 28</td> </tr> <tr onmouseover="this.bgColor='#C7D9EC'" onmouseout="this.bgColor='#FFFFFF'" bgcolor="#FFFFFF"> <td align="center">Time (EST)</td> <td align="center">8:00 PM</td> <td align="center">7:30 PM</td> <td align="center">7:30 PM</td> <td align="center">7:00 PM</td> </tr> <tr onmouseover="this.bgColor='#C7D9EC'" onmouseout="this.bgColor='#FFFFFF'" bgcolor="#FFFFFF"> <td align="center">Location</td> <td align="center">Chicago</td> <td align="center">Foxborough</td> <td align="center">Philadelphia</td> <td align="center">Philadelphia</td> </tr> </tbody></table> <p> </p> <p><a target="_blank" href="">The official announcement of the 2014 NFL preseason schedule took place last week</a>, but no details of exact dates or times were given. So, now you know!</p> <p>Preseason football is hardly very enjoyable football but it's still football nonetheless. And lucky (?) enough for Eagles fans, the dress rehearsal (vs. Steelers) takes place in Philadelphia.</p> <p>For those of you interested in counting down, it's <i>only </i>113 days from now until the Eagles' first preseason game. Who's ready?</p> <p>Note: The entire 2014 NFL regular season schedule is expected to be released some time next week. No official date has been announced but several reports indicate the unveiling will take place on April 22nd. As always, BGN will have complete coverage.</p> Saints News, 4/17/14: Jairus Byrd Excited After Brainstorming With Rob Ryan David "Satch" Kelly Thu, 17 Apr 2014 16:50:48 -0400 <img alt="" src="" /> <p>"To have that ability with an offense that's gonna put up points and a stingy defense like that and exotic in the way Coach Ryan calls things, it's unorthodox, it's gonna keep people guessing," Byrd said when asked what attracted him to New Orleans in free agency. "That combination right there was enough." </p> <h4>Tweets</h4> <p><span></span></p> <blockquote lang="en" class="twitter-tweet"> <p>Jenkins on D. Sproles: "Right after I signed the <a href="" class="sbn-auto-link">Eagles</a> were like &lsquo;Call Darren.' I didn&rsquo;t hesitate bc I didn&rsquo;t want to play against him."</p> &mdash; NFL Media PR (@InsideNFLMedia) <a href="">April 17, 2014</a> </blockquote> <p> </p> <p><span> <script charset="utf-8" src="//"></script></span></p> <p><span></span></p> <blockquote lang="en" class="twitter-tweet"> <p>It was great meeting kids at the Tulane children's hospital today. Very tough kids. <a href="">@_numberthreeRB</a> <a href=""></a></p> &mdash; <a href="" class="sbn-auto-link">Ryan Griffin</a> (@Griffin_11) <a href="">April 17, 2014</a> </blockquote> <p> </p> <p><span> <script charset="utf-8" src="//"></script></span></p> <p><span></span></p> <blockquote lang="en" class="twitter-tweet"> <p>High 5 someone today! <a href="">#NationalHighFiveDay</a> <a href=""></a></p> &mdash; <a href="" class="sbn-auto-link">Malcolm Jenkins</a> (@MalcolmJenkins) <a href="">April 17, 2014</a> </blockquote> <p> </p> <p><span> <script charset="utf-8" src="//"></script></span></p> <p><span></span></p> <blockquote lang="en" class="twitter-tweet"> <p><a href="">#McNabb</a> RT <a href="">@tvbrendon</a>: We're told McNabb hashed out a plea deal with prosecutors and was sentenced to 1 day in an Arizona jail.</p> &mdash; Mike Jurecki (@mikejurecki) <a href="">April 17, 2014</a> </blockquote> <p> </p> <p><span> <script charset="utf-8" src="//"></script></span></p> <p><span></span></p> <blockquote lang="en" class="twitter-tweet"> <p>And here is <a href="">@ochocinco</a> signing with the Montreal Alouettes....Oh, Canada. <a href=""></a></p> &mdash; Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) <a href="">April 17, 2014</a> </blockquote> <p> </p> <p><span> <script charset="utf-8" src="//"></script></span></p> <p><span></span></p> <blockquote lang="en" class="twitter-tweet"> <p>.<a href="">@BenGrubbs66</a> talks about touring Angola Prison with Mike Singletary on today's <a href="">@BlackBlueReport</a> podcast: <a href=""></a> <a href="">#NOLA</a></p> &mdash; <a href="" class="sbn-auto-link">New Orleans Saints</a> (@Saints) <a href="">April 17, 2014</a> </blockquote> <p> </p> <p><span> <script charset="utf-8" src="//"></script></span></p> <p><span></span></p> <blockquote lang="en" class="twitter-tweet"> <p>"<a href="">@thomasmorstead</a>: IT'S A BOY!!! HEALTHY BABY HEALTHY MOMMY HAPPY DADDY <a href=""></a>" congrats to you 2!!! God is good!!</p> &mdash; <a href="" class="sbn-auto-link">Mark Ingram</a> (@MarkIngram22) <a href="">April 17, 2014</a> </blockquote> <p> </p> <p><span> <script charset="utf-8" src="//"></script></span></p> <p><span></span></p> <blockquote lang="en" class="twitter-tweet"> <p>Mel Kiper pairs the fastest riser on his board with <a href="">#Saints</a> in latest mock draft (requires insider access) <a href=""></a></p> &mdash; Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) <a href="">April 17, 2014</a> </blockquote> <p> </p> <p><span> <script charset="utf-8" src="//"></script></span></p> <p><span></span></p> <blockquote lang="en" class="twitter-tweet"> <p>Not a bad stat for the <a href="">#Saints</a> safety "<a href="">@PFF</a>: How safe is a safety? <a href="" class="sbn-auto-link">Rafael Bush</a> missed just one tackle all season from his 40 attempts"</p> &mdash; Larry Holder (@LarryHolder) <a href="">April 17, 2014</a> </blockquote> <p> </p> <p><span> <script charset="utf-8" src="//"></script></span></p> <p><span></span></p> <blockquote lang="en" class="twitter-tweet"> <p>Jenkins and Harper missed tackles last season "<a href="">@PFF</a>: <a href="">@lennyestop</a> <a href="">@LarryHolder</a> 16 and 3 respectively."</p> &mdash; Larry Holder (@LarryHolder) <a href="">April 17, 2014</a> </blockquote> <p> </p> <p><span> <script charset="utf-8" src="//"></script></span></p> <p><span></span></p> <blockquote lang="en" class="twitter-tweet"> <p>Final morning Shredmill grind wit <a href="">@JacobyFord12</a> <a href="">@mikepouncey</a> <a href="">@stuntman1429</a> <a href="">@anquanboldin</a> <a href="">@tonyvillani</a>!! Gonna miss my fam, til June!!! <a href="">#XPE</a></p> &mdash; Mark Ingram (@MarkIngram22) <a href="">April 17, 2014</a> </blockquote> <p> </p> <p><span> <script charset="utf-8" src="//"></script></span></p> <p><span></span></p> <blockquote lang="en" class="twitter-tweet"> <p>Top 100 photos of <a href="">#Saints</a> fans from last season: <a href=""></a> <a href=""></a></p> &mdash; New Orleans Saints (@Saints) <a href="">April 17, 2014</a> </blockquote> <p> </p> <p><span> <script charset="utf-8" src="//"></script></span></p> <p><span></span></p> <blockquote lang="en" class="twitter-tweet"> <p>Troy Aikman is concerned about <a href="" class="sbn-auto-link">Tony Romo</a>'s back: <a href=""></a> Fun fact: Aikman retired at 34. Romo will be 34 this year.</p> &mdash; Jay Busbee (@jaybusbee) <a href="">April 17, 2014</a> </blockquote> <p> </p> <p><span> <script charset="utf-8" src="//"></script></span></p> <p><span></span></p> <blockquote lang="en" class="twitter-tweet"> <p>New <a href="">@Nike</a> <a href="">#Saints</a> Spring collection is in! Check it out: <a href=""></a> <a href=""></a></p> &mdash; New Orleans Saints (@Saints) <a href="">April 17, 2014</a> </blockquote> <p> </p> <p><span> <script charset="utf-8" src="//"></script></span></p> <p><span></span></p> <blockquote lang="en" class="twitter-tweet"> <p><a href="" class="sbn-auto-link">Jets</a> have some concerns about condition of RB Chris Johnson's knee, and the arthritis in it, but not enough not to sign him to 2-year deal.</p> &mdash; Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) <a href="">April 17, 2014</a> </blockquote> <p> </p> <p><span> <script charset="utf-8" src="//"></script></span></p> <p><span></span></p> <blockquote lang="en" class="twitter-tweet"> <p>Three weeks from tonight: the <a href="" class="sbn-auto-link">NFL Draft</a>. Boomer, Kiper, Gruden, Mort, in prime time. Getting closer....</p> &mdash; Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) <a href="">April 17, 2014</a> </blockquote> <p> </p> <p><span> <script charset="utf-8" src="//"></script></span></p> <p>_________________________________</p> <p> </p> <h4>Saints News</h4> <p><a href="">Jairus Byrd excited by brainstorming with Rob Ryan - ESPN</a><br>"To have that ability with an offense that's gonna put up points and a stingy defense like that and exotic in the way Coach Ryan calls things, it's unorthodox, it's gonna keep people guessing," Byrd said when asked what attracted him to New Orleans in free agency. "That combination right there was enough."</p> <p><a href="">Newly-signed safety Jairus Byrd already member of Saints Nation | New Orleans</a><br>Though he wasn&rsquo;t in full pads and a helmet, Saints fan got their first glimpse of newly-signed safety <a href="" class="sbn-auto-link">Jairus Byrd</a> in black and gold, wearing his no. 31 Saints jersey and speaking to a group of energetic schoolchildren at Harahan Elementary Wednesday.</p> <p><a href="">Saints&rsquo; Jairus Byrd: &lsquo;Any time you play this game, you play to win it&rsquo; | Saints | The Advocate &mdash; Baton Rouge, LA</a><br>The students of Harahan Elementary probably didn&rsquo;t know much, if anything, about Jairus Byrd before Wednesday afternoon. They are, after a&hellip;</p> <p><a href="">2014 NFL Draft: New Orleans Saints Spotlight -</a><br>With 35-year old <a href="" class="sbn-auto-link">Drew Brees</a> not getting any younger, the Saints' championship window is closing, making this year's draft class all that more important. New Orleans needs to find young players who can contribute as rookies, but also grow into more for the long-term, like last year's draft class that produced safety <a href="" class="sbn-auto-link">Kenny Vaccaro</a> and left tackle <a href="" class="sbn-auto-link">Terron Armstead</a>.</p> <p><a href="">NFC South draft needs: Someone get Cam Newton a receiver! | FOX Sports on MSN</a><br>Analysis: The Saints were in a terrible position with the salary cap this offseason, but they were able to land a talented safety in Jairus Byrd, although there was also a steep cost. Drew Brees no longer has <a href="" class="sbn-auto-link">Darren Sproles</a>, who is the most dynamic offensive player in the game, as an offensive weapon. New Orleans is a wonderful home team (it didn'&euro;&trade;t lose there last season), but the Saints were only 3-5 away from the dome in 2013. If they can get more balanced on offense with some sort of rushing attack, it should help.&nbsp; When they won the Vince Lombardi trophy in 2009, they finished sixth in rushing at more than 130 yards per game, but last season they were only 25th at just over 90 yards per game.</p> <p><a href="">What New Orleans Saints preseason game are fans most excited about?</a><br>In a poll on this week, fans voted on which preseason game they&rsquo;re most excited about this season</p> <p><a href="">Saints bring in Goodwin for visit - New Orleans Saints Blog - ESPN</a><br>The New Orleans Saints are considering a familiar option for their vacant center position. They brought in former starter <a href="" class="sbn-auto-link">Jonathan Goodwin</a> for a free-</p> <p><a href="">Saints morning report: Big cornerbacks - New Orleans Saints Blog - ESPN</a><br> put together a great package on the NFL's trend toward bigger cornerbacks and what might be available in the draft. The New Orleans Saints a</p> <p>_________________________________</p> <p> </p> <h4>Darren Sharper</h4> <p><a href="">Officer: Darren Sharper's DNA found on 1 Arizona victim - ESPN</a><br>Former NFL All-Pro safety <a href="" class="sbn-auto-link">Darren Sharper's</a> DNA was found in an examination of one of two women who accuse him of drugging and sexually assaulting them at a Tempe apartment, a detective said Wednesday.</p> <p><a href="">Darren Sharper's attorneys to question Arizona evidence - ESPN</a><br>Lawyers for former NFL All-Pro safety Darren Sharper are questioning the evidence authorities are using to justify keeping him in jail without bail on charges that he drugged and sexually assaulted two women.</p> <p>_________________________________</p> <p> </p> <h4><a href="" class="sbn-auto-link">NFL News</a></h4> <p><a href="">Malcolm Jenkins talks NFC East foes - Philadelphia Eagles Blog - ESPN</a><br>On the <a href="" class="sbn-auto-link">Cowboys</a>: "A couple years ago, their scapegoat was Rob Ryan, and they got rid of him, and he was the cause of all their problems. He went to New Orleans and took the worst defense in NFL history and turned them into a top 5 defense. So he couldn&rsquo;t have been the problem. And then you look at this year, I had the best seat in the house when I watched the Saints get 40 first downs in one game. Forty. In one game. So it must be the players. The offseason comes and you don&rsquo;t do anything in free agency to get any big name players to come help you out, so I really don&rsquo;t see the light at the end of the tunnel for this defense in improving when you got the same guys and the same coaches."</p> <p><a href="">McNabb&rsquo;s arrest relates to traffic citation | ProFootballTalk</a><br>Yes, former NFL quarterback <a href="" class="sbn-auto-link">Donovan McNabb</a> has been arrested in Arizona.&nbsp; The details of the arrest remain largely vague. Via, the arrest relates to a "criminal traffic" situation.&nbsp; The incident apparently occurred on January 6, with an arraignment on January 15.</p> <p><a href="">Oakland hopes to work something out with Raiders before A&rsquo;s | ProFootballTalk</a><br><a href="" class="sbn-auto-link">Raiders</a> owner Mark Davis has repeatedly said that he wants Oakland to address the team's stadium situation sooner rather than later, especially since the Raiders signed a one-year Band-Aid stadium lease through 2014. Davis apparently has gotten the city's attention.</p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p>__________________________________</p> <p> </p> <h4>Video</h4> <p><a href="">Video: Byrd says Saints have big plans for him | Saints | The Advocate &mdash; Baton Rouge, LA</a><br>Saints safety Jairus Byrd, speaking to the media at Harahan Elementary School, talks about a variety of subjects, including meeting with de&hellip;</p> Donovan McNabb Was Arrested for DUI in January 2014 Brandon Lee Gowton Thu, 17 Apr 2014 15:28:10 -0400 <img alt="" src="" /> <p>According to a report, former Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb was arrested for driving under the influence back in January. </p> <p align="left">According to a report from <a target="_blank" href="">Phoenix/Arizona based news outlet KTAR</a>, former Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb was arrested in January 2014.</p> <blockquote> <p align="left">Former National Football League quarterback Donovan McNabb has been arrested in Mesa, Ariz., police said.<br><br>A <a target="_blank" href="">court website</a> showed that he received a criminal traffic citation in January. He has a trial appearance scheduled for May 16.</p> </blockquote> <p align="left">Brandon Geoffrion of TMZ has more details on the reasons behind McNabb's arrest. It appears McNabb was driving while under the influence.</p> <div align="center"> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p>UPDATE: Law enforcement tells us Donovan McNabb's mug shot stems from a DUI arrest in January.</p> &mdash; Brendon Geoffrion (@tvbrendon) <a href="">April 17, 2014</a> </blockquote> </div> <p align="center"> <script src="//" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <div align="center"> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p>(CONT) We're told McNabb hashed out a plea deal with prosecutors and was sentenced to 1 day in an Arizona jail.</p> &mdash; Brendon Geoffrion (@tvbrendon) <a href="">April 17, 2014</a> </blockquote> </div> <p align="center"> <script src="//" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p align="left">Here's the mugshot that was released by the Maricopa County Sheriff&rsquo;s Office.</p> <div align="center"> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p>MCSO has released a mugshot of former Eagles QB Donovan McNabb. More details to come. <a href=""></a></p> &mdash; AZ Family (@azfamily) <a href="">April 17, 2014</a> </blockquote> </div> <p>McNabb spent 11 years with the Eagles after being drafted No. 2 overall in the 1999 NFL Draft. He became a highly decorated player during his career and is arguably the best quarterback in Eagles franchise history. He currently holds a majority of the team's passing records. After unsuccessful stints in Washington and Minnesota, McNabb left football to pursue a sports media job. He's currently a sports analyst for <i>Fox Sports Live</i>.</p> <p>McNabb officially announced his retirement in late July of 2013. The <a target="_blank" href="">Eagles retired McNabb's "5" jersey </a>last season during halftime of the Eagles-Chiefs game in September.</p> 2014 NFL Draft Profile: Minnesota safety Brock Vereen Mike E. Kaye Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:01:07 -0400 <img alt="" src="" /> <p>The Eagles will probably add more depth to their safety unit in the draft, but that extra player could come in the later rounds.</p> <p>The <a href="" class="sbn-auto-link">Eagles</a> have the need for safety depth and that will likely come in the draft. However, depending how the board shakes up, the Eagles could pass on taking a safety early due to the signing of <a href="" class="sbn-auto-link">Malcolm Jenkins</a> and the re-signing of Nate Allen. If Philadelphia decides to wait until Day 3, Minnesota's <a href="" class="sbn-auto-link">Brock Vereen</a> may be the type of player that appeals to them.</p> <p> <link rel="stylesheet" href=""></p> <div class="must-reads-compact-only-container"> <h4> <span class="must-reads-star"><img src=""></span> Must Reads <span class="must-reads-star"><img src=""></span> </h4> <div class="must-reads-compact-link-container"> <a href="">BGN Mock Draft: G-Rob to the Atlanta Falcons<span class="must-reads-compact-byline"></span></a> <a href="">BGN Mock Draft: Mack Onward to Oakland<span class="must-reads-compact-byline"></span></a> </div> </div> <h4>College Career</h4> <p>The younger brother of <a href="" class="sbn-auto-link">Patriots</a> running back <a href="" class="sbn-auto-link">Shane Vereen</a> was a stud in both the classroom and on the field coming out of high school. A high character guy, Vereen made the odd choice of picking Minnesota over Stanford as a three-star recruit. As a true freshman, Vereen played in nine games (four starts) and collected 10 tackles. As a sophomore, Vereen started all 12 games at cornerback while compiling 67 tackles (3.5 for loss), five pass break ups, an interception and a forced fumble.</p> <p>In his junior season, Vereen split starts at safety and cornerback. He appeared in all 13 games and collected 64 tackles, nine pass breakups and two interceptions while being named to the Academic All-Big Ten. In his final season with Minnesota, Vereen was named first team All-Big Ten and compiled 57 tackles, five pass breakups and an interception.</p> <h4>Combine Numbers</h4> <p>Height: 6'0"</p> <p>Weight: 199 lbs</p> <p>Arm Length: 30"</p> <p>Hands: 8 1/4"</p> <p>40: 4.47 seconds (2nd among safeties in 2014)</p> <p>Bench: 25 reps (1st among safeties in 2014)</p> <p>Vertical Jump: 34.0 inches</p> <p>Broad Jump: 117.0 inches</p> <p>3 Cone: 6.90 seconds (2nd among safeties in 2014)</p> <p>Shuttle: 4.07 seconds (2nd among safeties in 2014)</p> <h4>Strengths</h4> <p>Vereen is both a brilliant mind and an athlete. He has a good understanding of the game and has a solid size-speed combination. He has plenty of experience in coverage and can cover a wide receiver one-on-one. He was a team captain and was a gunner on special teams. He plays with energy and clearly lives up to his pedigree of having a brother and father that have played in the NFL. He is a proven leader.</p> <h4>Weaknesses</h4> <p>While Vereen clearly understands the game, he is a bit slow on reacting to routes. He has small hands and not a ton of length, which could cause problems against bigger receivers and tight ends. For all his merits as an athlete, he has had little success as a playmaker. He is likely destined to be a special teams player with starter upside.</p> <h4>Eagles Outlook</h4> <p>The Eagles like high character players and they don't get much higher than Vereen. The team could look to add a safety early, which would obviously limit the chances for Vereen to join the squad. He is likely a fifth or sixth round pick and may face an uphill battle for playing time in his rookie season. Chip Kelly may like Vereen for several reasons, including his leadership experience, versatility, solid size and speed. His addition to the team would almost certainly depend on the Eagles results in earlier rounds.</p> <h4>Trust Your Own Eyes</h4> <p><iframe src="//" frameborder="0" height="360" width="640"></iframe> <br id="1396733882052"></p> <p><iframe src="//" frameborder="0" height="360" width="640"></iframe></p> 2014 NFL Draft: Nebraska OG Spencer Long to Visit the Eagles Brandon Lee Gowton Thu, 17 Apr 2014 10:02:14 -0400 <img alt="" src="" /> <p>For more information on which draft prospects are visiting with the Eagles, <a href="" target="new">check out our 2014 NFL Draft Prospect Visits Tracker</a>. </p> <p>According to a <a target="_blank" href="">report from ESPN Insider Adam Caplan</a>, the <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="">Philadelphia Eagles</a> are one of the teams scheduled to bring in Nebraska offensive guard <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="">Spencer Long</a> for a pre-draft visit. CBS Sports projects Long to be a 7th round draft pick or undrafted free agent.</p> <p>Long, a 23-year-old senior, measures in at 6-5, 320 lbs. He started every game at right guard in both his sophomore and junior years. Long's senior season only lasted six starts before he suffered a season-ending knee injury. It's likely that the Eagles are bringing him in for a visit to check up on his medical status.</p> <p><a target="_blank" href="">CBS doesn't have a scouting profile available</a> but does include a brief bio on Long. He came a long way (no pun intended) from being a walk-on.</p> <blockquote> <p>Senior Spencer Long had his 2013 season cut short after suffering a knee injury at Purdue in mid-October. Long underwent subsequent surgery and was lost for the season, the first in a string of crippling injuries for the Nebraska offensive line. Despite missing half of the season, the senior captain has continued to make a mark on the Husker program. Long has continued to provide leadership to his fellow offensive linemen, while making his mark off the field.<br><br>Long earned first-team CoSIDA Academic All-America honors to help continue the Huskers' tradition of academic success. He was joined on the academic All-America team by his brother, Jake, a second-team honoree. The Long brothers became the third set of brothers in Nebraska history to both earn academic All-America awards, and the first to do so in the same season. Long was also one of 16 football student-athletes to earn the prestigious <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="">National</a> Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete Awards, presented in New York City in early December. The award carried an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship, which Long intends to put toward medical school.<br><br>Originally a walk-on, Long was placed on scholarship before his junior season and earned second-team All-America honors in 2012. He was a leading contender for first-team All-America honors before his injury this fall. Long earned his degree in biological sciences/pre-medicine in December and is one of 19 seniors playing the bowl game as a graduate. He also earned Academic All-Big Ten honors for the third consecutive season.</p> </blockquote> <p>Long's spider graph doesn't include workout numbers, but you can see he has a good frame:</p> <p align="center"><iframe src="" width="500" height="620" frameborder="0" scrolling="no"></iframe></p> 2014 NFL Draft: Mike Mayock Wouldn't Be Surprised if Teddy Bridgewater Fell Out of the First Round Brandon Lee Gowton Thu, 17 Apr 2014 08:00:16 -0400 <img alt="" src="" /> <p>The <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="">Eagles</a>' quarterback picture seems to be fairly settled. <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="">Nick Foles</a> returns as the team's starter (for the next 999 years) after coming off an excellent performance in his second year. Former USC quarterbacks <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="">Matt Barkley</a> and <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="">Mark Sanchez</a> will likely compete for the No. 2 and No. 3 jobs. <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="">G.J. Kinne</a>, the<a target="_blank" href=""> best practice squad player of all time</a>, will battle for a spot and perhaps end up on the practice squad again. The Eagles don't <i>need</i> to draft a quarterback.</p> <p align="left">But that doesn't mean they <i>shouldn't</i> draft one. If the Eagles adhere to their draft strategy of taking the best player available on the board, that could mean taking another quarterback. According to Mike Mayock (via Paul Domowitch of the Daily News), the Eagles could have an interesting decision on their hands. Mayock suggests there's a chance top quarterback prospect Teddy Bridgewater could fall out of the first round entirely.</p> <div align="center"> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p>Talked to Mike Mayock today. Says it wouldn't surprise him if QB Teddy Bridgewater slipped out of the first round.</p> &mdash; Paul Domowitch (@pdomo) <a href="">April 16, 2014</a> </blockquote> </div> <p align="center"> <script src="//" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p align="left">Well, that's certainly interesting. No disrespect to Mayock, but I don't agree. (And neither does BGN's Imp, <a target="_blank" href="">who took Bridgewater with the No. 1 pick in the BGN mock draft</a>.) Despite some mock drafts having Bridgewater falling into the late first round range, I still see Bridgewater going fairly high in the draft. There are a lot of QB-needy teams and Bridgewater is arguably the best QB in this draft class. It's not like those mocks are an indication of actual NFL teams' big boards, anyway.</p> <p>For the sake of discussion, let's entertain the hypothetical. What if Teddy Bridgewater falls to pick No. 22? Should the Eagles take him? On one hand, the Eagles could arguably better use that pick by adding a wide receiver or a defensive player. On the other hand, what if he's too good to pass up? Not to mention Bridgewater could be really good insurance if Foles flounders.</p> <p>This Bridgewater hypothetical was <a target="_blank" href="">already discussed on the newest edition of BGN Radio</a>, but now it's time for the rest of you to weigh in the comments and the poll below. Teddy Bridgewater at No. 22 for the Eagles: Yes or No?</p> <fieldset class="poll-box"> <legend>Poll</legend> <h5 class="poll-title">If somehow Teddy Bridgewater makes it to No. 22, should the Eagles draft him?</h5> <div id="poll_container_230187_740558660"> <form action="/polls/vote/230187?container_id=poll_container_230187_740558660" method="post" onsubmit="new Ajax.Request('/polls/vote/230187?container_id=poll_container_230187_740558660', {asynchronous:true, evalScripts:true, parameters:Form.serialize(this)}); return false;"><div style="margin:0;padding:0;display:inline"><input name="authenticity_token" type="hidden" /></div><ul class="poll-list clearfix"> <li class="clearfix"><span class="radio"><input id="poll_option_1025571" name="poll_option" type="radio" value="1025571" /></span> <label for="poll_option_1025571"><span class="option">Yes</span></label></li> <li class="clearfix"><span class="radio"><input id="poll_option_1025573" name="poll_option" type="radio" value="1025573" /></span> <label for="poll_option_1025573"><span class="option">No</span></label></li> </ul> <p class="poll-vote-submit"><input class="button" name="commit" type="submit" value="Vote!" /> <span> &nbsp; <span>1210 votes |</span> <a href="#" onclick="new Ajax.Request('/polls/results/230187?container_id=poll_container_230187_740558660', {asynchronous:true, evalScripts:true, parameters:'authenticity_token=' + encodeURIComponent('')}); return false;">Results</a></span></p> </form></div> </fieldset> The Linc - Calvin Pryor is a Big Fan of Brian Dawkins Brandon Lee Gowton Thu, 17 Apr 2014 06:00:03 -0400 <img alt="" src="" /> <p>Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 4/17/2014.</p> <p><u><b>Social Media Information:</b></u></p> <p>BGN<a href="" target="_blank"> Facebook Page</a>: <iframe allowtransparency="true" style="border:none; overflow:hidden; height:21px;" src="//" frameborder="0" scrolling="no"></iframe></p> <p class="pgh-paragraph">BGN <a href="" target="_blank">Twitter</a>: <a class="twitter-follow-button" href="">Follow @BleedingGreen</a></p> <p class="pgh-paragraph">Manager: <a href="" target="_blank">Brandon Lee Gowton</a> <a class="twitter-follow-button" href="">Follow @BrandonGowton</a></p> <p class="pgh-paragraph">Click <a href="" target="_blank">here to follow the entire BGN crew</a> on Twitter.</p> <p class="pgh-paragraph"><i>Let's get to the links...</i></p> <p class="pgh-paragraph"><a target="_blank" href="">Instant Impact - Tommy Lawlor, Iggles Blitz</a><br>Someone asked an interesting question the other day. They wanted to know what player or position would be most likely to come in and win a starting job by opening day. Sounds simple enough, but that is actually a tough question to answer. Let&rsquo;s start by taking a look at the projected lineup on defense.</p> <p class="pgh-paragraph"><a target="_blank" href="">Kempski's Corner: Can the Eagles get Dion Jordan? -</a><br>In this episode of Kempski's Corner,'s Pat Gallen & Jimmy Kempski discuss why the <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="">Eagles</a> failed to complete a deal with the <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="">Dolphins</a> for <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="">Dion Jordan</a> & if they can still get one done.</p> <p class="pgh-paragraph"><a target="_blank" href="">Draft Daily: One-On-One With Pryor - Tim McManus, Birds 24/7</a><br>Watch the way he sacrifices his body in the name of a big hit, the fear factor that he brings to the middle of the field, and it almost reminds you of... "<a class="sbn-auto-link" href="">Brian Dawkins</a>," said Pryor, when asked what safeties he looked up to when he was young and impressionable. (Dawkins was the only name he mentioned.) Pryor's uncle, Perez Davis, played offensive line for Clemson when Dawkins was there and would always talk the safety up. Pryor followed Dawkins' career with the Eagles, and his approach hit home. "I was a big fan of Brian Dawkins," he said. "He's very intelligent as well. I've had people say that plenty of times. He's very smart. And when you're very intelligent like that, you're able to play fast."</p> <p class="pgh-paragraph"><a href="">There's still work to be done before the NFL Draft. |, Mike Tanier</a><br>There is a fine line between tantric and tedious, an ex-girlfriend once told me. There are some things that are great when extended a little but tiring when extended too far, like guitar solos, Hobbit movies and bouts of medium-competency lovemaking. Add the NFL's Hot Stove League to the list. What was meant to be expansive is about to become exhausting.</p> <p class="pgh-paragraph"><a href="">Draft Day the movie is a mixed bag when it comes to NFL realities | The MMQB with Peter King</a><br>The Kevin Costner movie had unprecedented access to capture the inner workings of the <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="">NFL draft</a> and how front office executives go about their business. I lived that life for a decade&mdash;here&rsquo;s what Hollywood got right and wrong</p> <p class="pgh-paragraph"><a href="">The MMQB staff's favorite football movies | The MMQB with Peter King</a><br>Football movies may not always get the action right, but the best offer a realistic glimpse into a fascinating world&mdash;or let us live out a fantasy. These are The MMQB staff&rsquo;s favorites.</p> <p class="pgh-paragraph"><a target="_blank" href="">Roster Reset: Philadelphia Eagles -</a><br>The NFL Total Access crew breaks down the Philadelphia Eagles' offseason movement as safety <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="">Malcolm Jenkins</a> elucidates how the team's play will morph in 2014 ...</p> <p class="pgh-paragraph"><a target="_blank" href="">Jumps Off the Tape: Austin Seferian-Jenkins is so smooth - Danny Kelly, SB Nation NFL</a><br>The Washington tight end might not turn heads with his 40 time, but he has something else that NFL coaches like to see in a pass catcher. SB Nation's Danny Kelly kicks off a new series examining one key aspect of some under-the-radar NFL Draft prospects.</p> <p class="pgh-paragraph"> </p> NFLPA Rules That DeSean Jackson Owes Drew Rosenhaus $500k Dave Mangels Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:30:25 -0400 <img alt="" src="" /> <p>An NFLPA arbitrator rules in favor of Jackson's former agent, but it maybe a conflict of interest.</p> <p>An NFL Players Association arbitrator ruled today that former <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="">Eagles</a> wide receiver <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="">DeSean Jackson</a> must pay his former agent Drew Rosenhaus $516,415 in unpaid loans, according to Yahoo! Sports legal analyst Rand Getlin.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p>Breaking: NFLPA decides <a href="">#Redskins</a> WR DeSean Jackson owes Drew Rosenhaus $516,415 in unpaid loans and agent fees. Story coming.</p> &mdash; Rand Getlin (@Rand_Getlin) <a href="">April 16, 2014</a> </blockquote> <p> <script charset="utf-8" src="//"></script></p> <p>Jeff McLane reports that&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank" style="background-color: #ffffff;">Jackson plans to appeal the ruling</a>.&nbsp;Rosenhaus&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank" style="background-color: #ffffff;">filed the grievance in June of 2013</a>, shortly after Jackson fired him. Rosenhaus was Jackson's agent from November 2009 to June 2013. During that time Jackson made $13M in salary and bonuses, and Rosenhaus loaned Jackson a total of $777,793 in the form of loans, interest from those loans, credit card charges and insurance premiums. This included a $375,000 interest free loan when Rosenhaus was hired. Rosenhaus forgave $175,000 of that loan when he negotiated Jackson's contract extension in 2012.</p> <p>The players' union ruling against a player and in favor of an agent is interesting in and of itself, even more so that it is Drew Rosenhaus, who is probably the union's favorite agent. In addition to being the league's most notable agent,&nbsp;<a target="_blank" href="">Rosenhaus was previously represented by a former associate of NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith</a> in a grievance over money owed to former employees:</p> <blockquote> <p>NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith referred long-time former colleagues to defend Drew Rosenhaus during an NFLPA arbitration, Yahoo! Sports has learned.</p> <p>That action has ruffled the feathers of multiple prominent agents who spoke to Yahoo! Sports on the condition of anonymity, expressing frustration at what they termed a significant conflict of interest. The agents have alleged that Smith&rsquo;s referral &ndash; essentially aiding Rosenhaus in defending himself before an NFLPA arbitrator &ndash; is a clear example of Smith protecting an agent rather than impartially governing.</p> <p>"It&rsquo;s a major conflict of interest for the executive director of the NFLPA to be referring attorneys to Rosenhaus," one agent said.</p> </blockquote> <p>And in the Jackson arbitration as well:</p> <p> </p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p>A lawyer De Smith worked with in the past is representing Rosenhaus against DeSean Jackson. The NFLPA under Smith has also paid the firm.</p> &mdash; Rand Getlin (@Rand_Getlin) <a href="">January 30, 2014</a> </blockquote> <p> <script charset="utf-8" src="//"></script></p> <p> </p> <p>Of which&nbsp;<a style="background-color: #ffffff;" href="" target="_blank">Jackson was not a fan of prior to the NFLPA's arbitration ruling</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p>[Terrell] Owens alleges the union is attempting to force him to use an arbitrator who he says is "essentially on [Drew] Rosenhaus' payroll," in a $6.5 million dispute between he and his former agent.</p> <p>[DeSean] Jackson raised concern with being forced to use the same arbitrator &mdash; Roger Kaplan &mdash; in a dispute between he and Rosenhaus over more than $400,000. The wide receiver alleges he was never informed Kaplan was receiving money from Rosenhaus for serving as an arbitrator in an unrelated dispute between the agent and a former employee.</p> </blockquote> <blockquote> <p>Rosenhaus' claim relied, in part, on the fact Kaplan was the union's most experienced and knowledgeable arbitrator, and that he has been used "almost exclusively" to arbitrate NFLPA grievances for more than &hellip; (15) years." A review of NFLPA records reveals that the union has used Kaplan almost exclusively since 1994.</p> </blockquote> <p>At the end of the 2013 season Jackson, who was slated to make $10.5M in salary in 2014, indicated that he would like more guaranteed money in his contract, which in other words meant a restructuring and getting the upfront payment of a signing bonus. Now that he has a $5M signing bonus from the <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="">Washington Redskins</a>, Rosenhaus should see the money owed to him, unless an appeal reverses the decision.</p> BGN Radio: Chip Kelly and 2014 NFL Draft Talk Brandon Lee Gowton Wed, 16 Apr 2014 08:37:00 -0400 <img alt="" src="" /> <p>The newest edition of BGN Radio is here! (Episode #27) - This episode focuses on a number of topics related to the 2014 NFL Draft.</p> <p class="pgh-paragraph has-dropcap" id="paragraph0"><i>Welcome to the newest edition of BGN Radio!<br><br>BGN Radio is Bleeding Green Nation's regularly scheduled podcast. Each week some combination of myself, Mike Kaye, James Seltzer, Patrick Wall, Dan Klausner, and John Barchard will be here to talk about your beloved <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="">Philadelphia Eagles</a>.</i></p> <p class="pgh-paragraph" id="paragraph1">This episode focuses on a number of topics related to the Eagles' offseason matters including:</p> <p class="pgh-paragraph" id="paragraph2">&bull; Episode #28 Full Crew: BLG, John Barchard, James Seltzer, Patrick Wall, Mike Kaye</p> <p class="pgh-paragraph">&bull; Regarding Chip Kelly's ego</p> <p class="pgh-paragraph">&bull; Lots of 2014 <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="">NFL Draft</a> talk</p> <p class="pgh-paragraph">&bull; Trading up? Trading down?</p> <p class="pgh-paragraph">&bull; Hypothetical: Teddy Bridgewater falls to No. 22. What do you do?</p> <p class="pgh-paragraph">&bull; Popular targets: Marqise Lee, Kyle Fuller</p> <p class="pgh-paragraph">&bull; Closing thoughts</p> <p class="pgh-paragraph" id="paragraph9">&bull; And more!</p> <p id="paragraph10" class="pgh-paragraph">&bull; BGN Radio Hotline - Call in and voice your opinions. The number is <b>1-267-245-6066</b>.</p> <p id="paragraph11" class="pgh-paragraph">&bull; BGN Radio is now on iTunes! <a href="" target="_blank">Subscribe here</a>!</p> <p id="paragraph12" class="pgh-paragraph">&bull; Click here to subscribe to our <a href="" target="_blank">RSS feed</a>.</p> <h4><u>HOW TO LISTEN</u></h4> <p id="paragraph13" class="pgh-paragraph"><b>Stream: </b></p> <p class="pgh-paragraph"><iframe src="" frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" width="100%"></iframe></p> <p class="pgh-paragraph"><b>Download: <a target="_blank" href="">Click here to download this episode</a>.</b></p> 2014 NFL Draft Profile: Tennessee State tight end A.C. Leonard Mike E. Kaye Wed, 16 Apr 2014 08:00:24 -0400 <img alt="" src="" /> <p>The Eagles are good at nabbing late-round gems and Tennessee State tight end A.C. Leonard could be one of them.</p> <p>Howie Roseman has a solid track record when it comes to finding depth in the late rounds of the draft. The <a href="" class="sbn-auto-link">Eagles</a> may already have a load of offensive talent on the roster, but they may be able to add even more on Day 3 in May. Tennessee State's A.C. Leonard could be a fit at tight end for Chip Kelly and Co.</p> <p> <link href="" rel="stylesheet"></p> <div class="must-reads-compact-only-container"> <h4> <span class="must-reads-star"><img src=""></span> Must Reads <span class="must-reads-star"><img src=""></span> </h4> <div class="must-reads-compact-link-container"> <a href="">BGN Mock Draft: Johnny Joins the Browns<span class="must-reads-compact-byline"></span></a> <a href="">BGN Mock Draft: Clowney to the Jags<span class="must-reads-compact-byline"></span></a> </div> </div> <h4>College Career</h4> <p>Leonard was the No. 5 tight end in the country in 2011 by when committed to Florida, which he chose over Nebraska, Central Florida and Florida International. Leonard played in nine games (four starts) as a true freshman and caught eight passes for 99 yards. He got into an altercation with his girlfriend in 2012 and was charged with misdemeanor battery. He then was cited a few months later for driving with a suspended license. These two incidents forced him off the team.</p> <p>He transferred for Tennessee State and was immediately a productive piece of their offense. He was named second team FSC All-<a href="" class="sbn-auto-link">American</a> and first team All-OVC in his first year with the Tigers. He played in 10 games (eight starts) and caught 51 passes for 733 yards and six touchdowns. In 2013, Leonard was again a second team FCS All-American and second team All-OVC selection. He played in 12 games (six starts) and collected five receiving touchdowns.</p> <h4>Combine Numbers</h4> <p>Height: 6'2"</p> <p>Weight: 252 lbs</p> <p>Arm Length: 33"</p> <p>Hands: 9 1/4"</p> <p>40: 4.50 seconds (1st among TEs in 2014)</p> <p>Bench: 20 reps</p> <p>Vertical Jump: 34.0 inches (3rd among TEs in 2014)</p> <p>Broad Jump: 128.0 inches (1st among TEs in 2014)</p> <h4>Strengths</h4> <p>Leonard is a strong athlete with speed and burst. He has very good hands and will make catches with relative ease. He is tough to bring down after the catch and churns out yards with defenders attached. He has the ability to play outside and will create mismatches against cornerbacks. He is a willing blocker.</p> <h4>Weaknesses</h4> <p>Leonard lacks strength despite his frame. He tends get lost when blocking for the run and can get taken out of the play by bigger defensive lineman. While he is terrific with the ball in his hands, the way he runs with the ball is frightening (it is similar to <a href="" class="sbn-auto-link">Bryce Brown</a> as a rookie). He has an off-the-field history that makes you question his maturity and his overall character. He played against inferior competition on a weekly basis at the FCS level.</p> <h4>Eagles Outlook</h4> <p>The Eagles want high character players, so on the surface this does not seem like a great fit. However, it has been two years since Leonard had character incidents and he may have matured during his time at Tennessee State. The Eagles could add him to the roster and make him the backup "move" tight end to Zach Ertz. He is likely to be available in the sixth or seventh round of May's draft.</p> <h4>Trust Your Own Eyes</h4> <p><iframe width="640" height="360" frameborder="0" src="//"></iframe> <br id="1396731009392"></p> <p><iframe width="640" height="360" frameborder="0" src="//"></iframe></p> The Linc - Malcolm Jenkins Weighs in on the NFC East Brandon Lee Gowton Wed, 16 Apr 2014 06:00:02 -0400 <img alt="" src="" /> <p>Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 4/16/2014.</p> <p><u><b>Social Media Information:</b></u></p> <p>BGN<a href="" target="_blank"> Facebook Page</a>: <iframe allowtransparency="true" style="border:none; overflow:hidden; height:21px;" src="//" frameborder="0" scrolling="no"></iframe></p> <p class="pgh-paragraph">BGN <a href="" target="_blank">Twitter</a>: <a class="twitter-follow-button" href="">Follow @BleedingGreen</a></p> <p class="pgh-paragraph">Manager: <a href="" target="_blank">Brandon Lee Gowton</a> <a class="twitter-follow-button" href="">Follow @BrandonGowton</a></p> <p class="pgh-paragraph">Click <a href="" target="_blank">here to follow the entire BGN crew</a> on Twitter.</p> <p class="pgh-paragraph"><i>Let's get to the links...</i></p> <p class="pgh-paragraph"><a target="_blank" href="">Round-up of edge pass rushers the Eagles have shown interest in this offseason - JimmyK,</a><br>Unsurprisingly, the <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="">Eagles</a> have taken a hard look at a good number of pass rushing prospects this offseason, as it is arguably their biggest need. It was revealed yesterday that the Birds will be hosting UCLA's Anthony Barr and Louisville's Marcus Smith, two of the draft's better pass rushers. Let's recap which edge rushers have caught the Eagles' eye this offseason.</p> <p class="pgh-paragraph"><a target="_blank" href="">Malcolm Jenkins' trash talk game is strong - JimmyK,</a><br>Many Eagles fans were disappointed when the Eagles signed <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="">Malcolm Jenkins</a> in free agency instead of going after a more decorated safety like Jairus Byrd. To be determined if Malcolm Jenkins is the answer on the field at safety for the Eagles, but his trash talk game off the field is strong, if you're into that kind of thing. Appearing on NFL Network in an analyst role, Jenkins was asked how the <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="">Cowboys</a>' 32nd ranked defense could possibly get better after having lost star players <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="">DeMarcus Ware</a> and <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="">Jason Hatcher</a> this offseason. Speaking in a "matter of fact" kind of tone, here's what Jenkins had to say.</p> <p class="pgh-paragraph"><a target="_blank" href="">Wake-Up Call: Coleman Backs DeSean - Tim McManus, Birds 24/7</a><br>"I think Philadelphia is going to miss him big time," said Coleman. "I find it troubling to hear some of the stories &mdash; and I don&rsquo;t know who is really putting them out there. I thought DeSean was a good guy in the locker room. He was someone I could talk to and could relate to. Did he kind of do his own thing? Yeah. But we kind of all do our own thing in our own way. But when it came game time I would talk to him every game and I would ask him, 'Is 10-mode on?' And there was no question. He would give 100 percent. He would take those big hits for the team. And he was one of those guys that you wanted to play every Sunday because the explosiveness, the X-factor that he brought to a team is [unmatched]. I think Philadelphia is going to miss him."</p> <p class="pgh-paragraph"><a target="_blank" href="">NFL Draft 2014: Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay debate who Eagles should take in first round - ESP,</a><br>Still, despite McShay's insistence that the Eagles could address the position later in the draft, he still has them slated to take Lee at No. 22 -- a prediction that comes from Kelly's love for players he has competed against, and a conversation that sounds like took place with some Eagles' scouts recently "You have the connection there with the Pac 12," McShay said. "You look at 2011 and 2012, 20 catches for 344 yards and three touchdowns is what Lee did against those Chip Kelly-coached teams. We were joking about it at one of these Pro Days recently that every time they would come to him in the war room he would say 'Yeah I know that guy, I like him.' The familiarity he had (was big)."</p> <p class="pgh-paragraph"><a target="_blank" href="">Best Super Bowl XLIX bets - Dave Tuley, ESPN (In$ider)</a><br>Philadelphia Eagles (25-1): Yes, they lost Jackson, but as great as he was in Chip Kelly's system (and he was a big part of my fantasy team's success last season, so I watched him a lot), it's clear that <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="">Nick Foles</a> is going to spread the ball around. They re-signed <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="">Jeremy Maclin</a> and <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="">Riley Cooper</a>, and I'm sure they'll find other receivers and put up similar overall numbers again this year. They should be right in the hunt and again appear a cut above their division rivals.</p> <p class="pgh-paragraph"><a target="_blank" href="">Scout's Notebook: Covering The Cornerbacks -</a><br>Our 'Scout's Notebook' series continues as our panel of <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="">NFL Draft</a> talent evaluators breaks down what to look for when you scout the cornerback position and project college players to the NFL ...</p> <p class="pgh-paragraph"><a target="_blank" href="">The Notebook: Is Kelvin Benjamin the next big thing? - Stephen White, SB Nation NFL</a><br>At 6'5, 240 pounds, Kelvin Benjamin has the size to intimidate defensive backs at any level, but can he put it all together in the pros? Retired NFL defensive end Stephen White looks at the tape to see if Benjamin can be more than just a big man.</p>